(9-911 FROM ON-CAMPUS PHONE)
do I do if I know a student who may need to be referred to
the BIT process?
If you feel there is an immediate threat, call 911 or the Lancaster
City Police at 283-3313.
2. To make a referral, use
the Incident Report button at the top of the BIT webpages. You
will be asked for basic information about the student, how to contact
you (in case the BIT committee has follow-up questions) and for
a description of the incident or behaviors that prompted the referral.
3. You are the Behavioral Intervention Team’s best resource
because you are familiar with the student. If you are comfortable
doing so, tell the student that you are concerned and ask if
he/she is okay. In many cases students will indicate that he/she
may need help and you can refer them to Counseling
can make a BIT referral?
feels a student is at risk of self-harm and/or harm to the community
can make a BIT referral. Referral sources include students,
parents, faculty, staff, and other community members.
happens after I make the referral?
team of members from Counseling Services, the Office of Student
Affairs, Student Health Services, and Law Enforcement and Security
use the information provided to make a decision about whether
the student should be assessed by Counseling Services. Reporting
the concerns you have is the most critical step in this process.
to BIT's Contacts to find information
and explanations on how these departments can assist you in making
happens to the student in the BIT process?
the team determines the student is appropriate for the BIT process,
he/she will be contacted and instructed to undergo an assessment
at Counseling Services. The type of assessment is dependent
on the behavior, and it may involve other members of the BIT
team, such as Law Enforcement or Student Affairs. You do
not have to make the determination regarding how the student
will be assessed. The BIT will do it for you. The most
critical step is that you report your concerns at http://usclancaster.sc.edu/BIT.
If another campus resource is more appropriate, the BIT will
refer the student to those resources as needed.
behaviors that pose an immediate or imminent threat to
safety or that cause a significant community disruption qualify
as BIT, while students who experience other, less urgent mental
health issues are appropriate referrals to Counseling
Never promise confidentiality to student(s) during initial